A week later on February 24, the media reported that the same court ruled that the MMR vaccine caused a brain inflammation in Bailey Banks, who later developed pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) in July 2007.
Among the latest of these is one funded by the CDC and the National Institute of Health, published on September 4, 2008, stating that the results provide strong evidence against any association between MMR exposure and autism.
NIH also notes that there is no confirmed connection between autism and the MMR vaccine, and it indicates that occurrences of deafness, long term seizures and brain damage are so rare that these side effects are questionable.
Yet, when Dr. Andrew Wakefield published a 1998 study in the British medical journal The Lancet that suggested a link between MMR vaccines and autism, parents around the world began to question the safety of the MMR vaccine.
On February 12, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Office of Special Masters found that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine did not cause autism in Michelle Cedillo, Colton Snyder and William Yates Hazelhurst.
Women should avoid becoming pregnant for three months after taking rubella vaccine, measles vaccine, mumps vaccine, or the combined measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) as these vaccines may cause problems in the unborn baby.
On February 12, 2009, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Office of the Special Masters (aka Vaccine Court) found that the MMR vaccine did not cause autism in three test cases that represented more than 5,000 families.
Child mortality due to measles is considered largely preventable, and making the MMR vaccine widely available in developing countries is part of WHO strategy to reduce child mortality by two-thirds by the year 2015.
The response to the study was so large because of media coverage discussing links between autism and the MMR vaccine as well as Wakefield's vocal campaign to warn parents of the possible dangers of the MMR vaccine.
The results state that no differences were found between the case group and the control, providing strong evidence against a cause and effect relationship between MMR exposure and autism or GI tract disturbances.